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15 Mother’s Day Gifts for Moms Who Love to Travel

What to get the moms in your life.

She deserves the world, so keep her geared up to see it all with gifts that say Go, Mom, Go!

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Motiv Ring

Move over FitBit, there’s a new fitness tracker in town, and (like Mom) it’s tasteful and efficient. The Motiv Ring looks and feels like a wedding band, but this small but mighty monitor can keep tabs on your heart rate, steps, sleep, calories burned, and general activity levels by syncing automatically with its app. It’s water-resistant, lasts up to three days on a charge, and comes in rose gold or slate grey lightweight titanium.

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REI Adventure trip

What do you get the mom who has everything? Skills! Outdoor gear specialists, REI, offer a variety of adventure travel opportunities that make for perfect mother-daughter or girlfriend travel memories. Designed specifically for women, their Outessa weekends are set in iconic outdoor locations and offer an introduction to activities like backpacking, climbing, mountain biking, and stand-up paddle boarding; skills like wilderness survival and map and compass navigation; and stimulating evenings filled with local food and wine, fireside chats, and inspirational speakers. For a more in-depth experience, gift mom an  REI Adventure Women’s Trip (destinations include the U.S., Latin America, New Zealand, and Africa) that blends outdoor activities with access to local experiences and communities.

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Cooling Sleep Mask

Chances are you’ve caused Mom some sleepless nights. She’ll never get those nights back but you can offset your tab by helping her sleep on the go with a mask that cools and depuffs while she catches z’s. Made of vegan leather with embroidered metallic stars, Understated Leather’s sleep mask features a clever removable cooling eye insert and fully adjustable elastic band. Available in ballet pink, mint, or light grey, it also comes in a travel-friendly reusable clear zip pouch.

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Clare V. x Toms Shoes

Toms are known for their comfy canvas slip-ons and their policy of donating a pair of shoes for every pair purchased. Clare V. is known for cute handbags with playful prints, soft leathers, and a cult following. What happens when you put these two together? Mom wins! The Clare V. x Toms collab features an eight-piece shoe capsule, from canvas sneakers to suede slide-ons and a portion of the proceeds go to Los Angeles Downtown Women’s Center, a nonprofit organization to help formerly homeless women get back on their feet. Make mom proud and cute, too!

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Ethics Supply Company Candles

You can never go wrong with a candle as a gift. Candles suggest relaxation, indulgence, and pampering, and the right scent can trigger a travel memory or even inspire future adventures. Ethics Supply Co. Soulful Adventures candles are pretty, handcrafted in the U.S. (using natural coconut-vegetable wax, a cotton lead-free wick, and fragrance infused with essential oils), and inspire adventures of the spirit. The Leap of Faith candle was inspired by “leaps from Hawaiian waterfalls nestled amongst lush bamboo forests.” Other inspirations include Live Loved, Salt and Light, and Future and Hope.

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Citizenry Vietnam Collection

Socially conscious home décor company Citizenry collaborates with artisans around the world to create beautiful, modern goods for a well-traveled home. Offerings include lumbar pillows handwoven by women in Oaxaca, Mexico; Peruvian Alpaca blankets; and rugs and pillows from Morocco.The Citizenry’s latest collection is from Vietnam and features unique, sculptural stoneware handcrafted by family-run workshops in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh; the modern matte planters and terrazzo vases are the perfect vessels for plants or flowers on Mother’s Day.

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Rewind Wireless Retro Headphones

For the mom who is reveling in fashion’s renewed interest in all things ’80s and ’90s and wishing she had held onto her Sony Walkman and headphones to wear with her now-cool Mom jeans, gift her the best of old-school-meets-new-tech with JLab’s Rewind Retro Wireless headphones. These affordable, lightweight, foam-earpad headphones are retro in-style but also fully wireless, designed to connect to your phone via Bluetooth, and capable of carrying a 12-hour charge. They also come with black earpads, for when the ’80s go back out of style (which is never for Mom).

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Huawei Mate 10 Pro

Give mom the gift of finally leaving her bulky camera at home with the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, a phone that packs serious camera and battery power, as well as a bunch of other cool and clever features that make traveling with it a dream. Think: Artificial Intelligence (a preloaded translator app that’s much faster than Google Translate and so useful when it comes to translating foreign menus or signs_); a waterproof, sleek glass body with edge-to-edge display and a fingerprint sensor on the back; a one-handed mode that shrinks the keyboard to one side of the screen to make it more accessible (so handy!); and a camera that’s been programmed to recognize subjects like landscapes, sunsets, food, or animals and can automatically switch to the correct shooting mode (factoring in all aspects of scenery) without you having to tweak.

INSIDER TIPHuawei does not have carrier distribution in the US so the phone comes unlocked and operates on GSM networks in the U.S. including AT&T, T-Mobile, Cricket, MetroPCS, and others.


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Timbuk2 Collective Pack

Mom’s just living her best life with goat yoga in the park, music festivals in the desert, biking in the city, and long hikes up a mountain. All she needs are your high fives and maybe a bag that accommodates all her adventures. Timbuk2’s Collective Pack is a cute, sturdy, and comfortable backpack with lots of pockets and compartments as well as thoughtful features like a full-body poncho (that doubles as a picnic/festival blanket), loops for carabiners and a key fob, expandable straps to fit a sleeping bag or jacket, and a hydration reservoir that can hold up to three liters.

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Altitude Oil

Proof that the best gifts come in small, travel-friendly packages, Mamiel’s Altitude Oil is an inhalation essence and multi-tasking must that will keep Mom clear, sharp, and calm on the go. A pocket-sized blend of essential oils including Eucalyptus, Lavender, Fragonia, and Pine, chosen for their soothing, antiviral, or antibacterial properties, this little bottle of perk will support Mom’s immune (and nervous) system in the germy, stuffy confines of a plane, train, or hotel room, and just generally put a little pep in her step. Smelling salts for the modern mom!


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Pura Stainless Steel Bottles

With concerns like BPA-free, non-toxic, non-plastic, spill-proof, temperature control, dishwasher-friendly, and cute design, choosing a water bottle is so much work. Pura bottles are the answer to hydration frustration: they range in size from 5-28 ounces, are made from high-grade stainless steel with thermal insulation, and can be repurposed with interchangeable tops to fit Mom’s needs (or rather the needs of her little, medium, or big traveling companions). The infant modular bottle and lid system is an excellent gift for new moms as the bottles are safe, green, and insulated and can be used for years with a simple swap of silicone lids.

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Footloose and fancy-free mom on your list? Gift her TerraFlex shoes from Xero Shoes, a lightweight trail running and hiking shoe with a wide toe-box to let your toes splay naturally, a non-elevated heel for proper posture, and a super-bendy-flexi rubber and grippy sole that allows for safe and efficient motion but also a more minimalist or natural interaction with the terrain.

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Mackage Trench

Practical, packable, and easily dressed up or down, there’s a reason a trench coat always shows up on those wardrobe essentials and travel packing lists. Gift mom a fresh and modern update on the classic trench with a Mackage Spring trench. Available in long or short styles, and in sand, army, or peach colors, Mackage trenches feature Raintech technology which makes them so lightweight and breathable (and truly perfect for travel) that the fact that they are also waterproof feels extra.

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Day Glove Shoes

Everlane’s newest shoes will be Mom’s go-to for on-the-go with their buttery Italian leather, rounded toe, and slim profile. The modern and super-versatile Day Glove Shoe is soft but structured, is perfect for when you want the comfort of a sneaker with the polish of a ballet flat, and looks equally good running meetings or running through an airport. If you really love your mom, you’ll buy her a pair in all five colors: white, black, gray, pink, and tan.

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The Grand Tour

Has mom been enjoying the Starz-BBC Howard’s End mini-series and romanticizing about turn-of-the-century England with its polite society and Grand Tours? Indulge that wistful love of bygone discovery and romance with Taschen’s beautiful “The Grand Tour: The Golden Age of Travel.” Filled with vintage illustrations, posters, tickets, menus, brochures, and more, and following six classic tours favored by Western adventurers in the prewar era, including such famous traveler-writers as Charles Dickens, Jules Verne, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Mark Twain, and Goethe, this book evokes a time when travel was a great cultural adventure and an educational rite of passage.

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